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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 Paws

The Miracle Club

Zephyr Films, City Films Entertainment, City Films I, Ingenious Media and ShinAwil Productions present a PG-13, 91-minute, Comedy, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, written by Joshua D. Maurer, Timothy Prager and Jimmy Smallhorne with a theater release date of July 14, 2023.

I will say that this movie may not be for everyone but it should be! Taking place in Dublin, Ireland in 1967, Eileen Dunne (Kathy Bates), Lily Fox (Maggie Smith) and their neighbor and friend Dolly (Agnes O’Casey) are entered into a local talent contest with the first prize going on a bus tour with Father Dermot Byrne (Mark O’Halloran) to Lourdes, France, the place where miracles happen due to a visit by the Virgin Mary. All three women have their reasons for going but the atmosphere changes when Chrissie (Laura Linney) comes to town because of her mother’s death.

Chrissie has not shown her face in Ireland for decades and when you watch the film you will know exactly why! Yet when the women get to visit Lourdes there are miracles that happen but it may not be because of religion but the fact of conversation, truth and forgiveness that good things happen and life takes on a whole new meaning.

It is a film of discovery, a small ninety-minute story that will leave you with hours of discussion with others that experience it. It will probably not make a lot of money since there are no special effects or zombies and war but it has what many movies miss these days which is heart. Bates and Smith like many of us are getting older but their acting is still impeccable. New comer O’Casey also adds a third of the story line and carries it well as does Linney who is another excellent actress. I would have liked to see more of Ireland and France in the back drop of the story but it is not supposed to be an ad for your local travel agency, I guess. Either way the film has a plot, good direction, excellent acting and in the end will leave you feeling that we all need a miracle in this so-called life we live in. No animals to speak of in this film.

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